Summer Classics: 6 Sublime Wedding Spots

A Beach Plum Inn wedding makes the most of Martha's Vineyard sunsets.

When you’re inviting people to dig into their savings and possibly upend their vacation plans in order to attend your destination wedding, there’s a good chance you’ll meet a few pockets of resistance. The remedy is to choose a destination that fulfills all the holiday fantasies—remarkable scenery, comfy accommodations, and food worth writing home about. My […] Read more »

Rebirth of a Sonoma Wedding Classic: Timber Cove

Timber Cove, a treasure of the Sonoma Coast is wedding-worthy once again.

The California coastline home to the town of Jenner has always felt like a bit of land that time forgot. And that was definitely true of Timber Cove, a guest lodge with a stunning perch on the Sonoma cliffs and a rustic ambiance that was starting to feel a little too stuck in its 1960s hippie heyday. The setting is still spectacular, but […] Read more »

Summer Style Guide: 8 Iconic Spots for a Beach Wedding

The Grand Hotel's wedding-worthy front porch, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Summertime weddings and beaches go hand in hand, and my most recent article for features eight U.S. spots ideal for seaside vows. They range from a sophisticated hotel in the Hamptons that feels like an artsy house party to Michigan’s most famous waterside venue, where you can marry on the world’s longest front porch. With gorgeous ceremony options and reception […] Read more »

NoCal wedding perfection at The Mansion at Casa Madrona

Casa Madrona, San Francisco

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, one of Sausalito’s most beloved hotels, Casa Madrona, recently enhanced its possibilities for romance with the debut of The Mansion at Casa Madrona, a luxurious compound tailor-made for weddings. The Mansion at Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa is a three-story waterfront estate built in 1885 in what was then […] Read more »

California wedding find—hip spaces, down-to-earth prices

Sunset at the pool, Spring Hill Suites in Oceanside, CA

If you’re working with a tiny budget, a destination wedding can sound like an impossible dream. Not necessarily. Consider the new SpringHill Suites Marriott San Diego Oceanside, a wedding-friendly SoCal retreat a block from the San Diego beach. Though some features are standard-issue, the hotel boasts several solid wedding amenities. There’s a rooftop pool for your […] Read more »

5 destination wedding resorts with a little country and a lot of luxury

Primland aerial view

  When couples say they want a country wedding, they’re usually talking about an authentic back-to-the-land kind of party with flowers in mason jars, family-style food, and maybe a bluegrass band. And that’s charming, no question. But what if you want a dose of glamour along with your antique linens and pie buffet? We’ve brought […] Read more »

Top 10 Reasons for a Hotel del Coronado Destination Wedding

A Beach Village cottage at the Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado, a California landmark since 1888, has just emerged from a renovation that lasted two years and cost $13 million. Reason enough for us to compile a list of the San Diego resort’s most destination-wedding worthy assets. 1. One Mighty Fine Beach. None other than Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, named it “America’s […] Read more »

Destination wedding locked out of a national park? Now what?

grand canyon

You think you’ve planned for everything, even a back-up indoor venue if it rains. And then the government shuts down, closing all 401 national parks, monuments, and historic sites across the country, including the one where you’d planned to have your wedding. In Yosemite, eight weddings were scheduled for this coming weekend. At the National […] Read more »

Real wedding spotlight: Coral and teal charm in SoCal’s Newport Beach

Kristine and Don pucker up in Newport Beach

They met in highschool and waited a good 11 years to make it official. But when schoolteachers Kristine and Don finally tied the knot, they did it in splendidly sunny style. Looking for a place that had that comfy SoCal feel but great indoor space, they booked Harborside at the Balboa Pavilion, in Newport Beach, […] Read more »

California’s best destination wedding resorts: the ultimate guide

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa deck with mountain view.

When you’re planning a destination wedding, picking the right destination is almost as important as picking the right spouse. Our growing library of amazing resorts might be your most valuable tool for doing just that. We started with a guide to Caribbean hotels, and this month move west to California, where we roamed from northerly […] Read more »